Beliefs about worry in community-dwelling older adults

Ignacio Montorio, Julie Loebach Wetherell*, Roberto Nuevo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study examines the association between several kinds of beliefs about worry and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) severity in a sample of older individuals recruited from a community setting (N = 142, mean age = 71.0 years, SD = 6.0, range = 55-88). Beliefs about worry were assessed with a 17-item scale designed for older adults, including three dimensions: Positive Beliefs, Negative Beliefs, and Responsibility. All three dimensions distinguished between people endorsing GAD symptoms and those without GAD symptoms, and only Negative Beliefs had a significant independent weight when regressed on GAD severity, even after controlling for level of trait worry. Results of this study suggest that negative beliefs appear to be strongly related to pathological worry in older adults. These results are consistent with empirical findings in younger adults and potentially support the use of particular interventions in clinical work with older adults with GAD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-473
Number of pages8
JournalDepression and Anxiety
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • aged
  • anxiety
  • psychological tests
  • psychometrics
  • GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
  • LATER LIFE
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • DEPRESSION
  • COOCCURRENCE
  • COMORBIDITY
  • SEVERITY
  • MODEL
  • AGE

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Montorio, I., Wetherell, J. L., & Nuevo, R. (2006). Beliefs about worry in community-dwelling older adults. Depression and Anxiety, 23(8), 466-473. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.20199